News from the Art Cafe, 3nd Grade

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Dear AJA Parents,

I am SO excited to have the opportunity to spend quality time exploring your children’s creative energy in Art at the Austin Jewish Academy and look forward to spending many precious hours with them.

Starting off the year we consider Marcel Duchamp (1887 –1968), one of the first artists to take “readymade objects” out of their natural environment and place it in an environment of the Gallery – thus creating an “art-piece”. One would ask: “Is this Art?” Well, that’s a discussion for another time.

In the meantime, your children are on the verge of exploration and discovery – Give them a chance to investigate the meaning of ”Art” by donating all your “trash/recyclables” to the Art Room Treasure Box found in Room 230 (The Art Room).

Please donate:

Magazines, newspapers, plastic bottles (all sizes), toilet and pare towels cardboard rolls, plastic containers (Small and large Yogurt/Dan Active), lids of jars/bottles, baby food jars, soda/beer bottle caps, wine bottle corks, soda can openers, puzzles (all sizes) pieces, washers, shaped pieces of wood, broken toy parts (party favors, doll parts), old keys, computer parts, brown paper shopping bags, small plastic containers (contact lens, pill box containers), old toothbrushes, dental floss, styrofoam trays, packaging peanuts, small cardboard boxes, small wooden boxes, shoes boxes, etc.


Glass jars or bottles as glass is not safe for the children.

If you are not sure that your budding artists can use particular items – please bring them anyway and I will recycle what we don’t use.

Please bring all recyclables to the Art room #230.

Thank you so much,

Ms. Slom

(Susan Slomowitz, AJA Art Specialist)

The Art curriculum at the AJA is based on the elements and principles of Art.

In 3nd grade the first Element of Art that we are learning is “Space”. Space refers to the distance between elements that creates positive or negative spaces in a composition in an art work. We first read the book “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds and spoke about positive and negative space.

Our first social studies/art project was to make Tye Dye Shirts. We watched a video on tye dye techniques and then each student made their own T-Shirt. The students were then divided into teams and each team got a range of colored dyes.

The next social studies/art project was to make a personalized compass rose mandala using each student’s letters of their name. The students drew with black sharpie and then colored with colored sharpies. This project has references in the element of art “Rhythm”. Rhythm is a pattern created by repeating elements.

In our last art class we looked at the Element of Art: “Typography”. Typography is not only to read; letters can be used to create compositions. We also focused on learning how to make Bubble letters.